(these are some of the faces of friends! yes, I took these from your facebooks! don't hate me :~) I wish I had time to put everyone's pic - so sorry if I missed you.
One of the most encouraging aspects of seminary for me has been interacting with the professor's wives and other seminary wives. They would hold monthly get-togethers and I always loved getting together with this group of ladies. Some years I could participate more than others because of my teaching schedule and I wish I could have attended everything!
It was encouraging to mingle with the other wives because most of them were at the exact place in life as Andrew & I were. Most had gotten married and moved here for seminary. So those first few years we were all adjusting to not only seminary life, but married life as well. As we neared the end of our time here, many of us either recently had babies or are expecting to soon! So we had many pregnancy/labor/mommyhood stories to relate!
Learning from the faculty wives who have served with their husbands, not only through seminary, but doctoral work as well and then as they went on to teach at seminary was also wonderful. These women can understand what it means to be married to a life-long studier more than anyone!
So I am so thankful for all the wives who have impacted my life here and taught by example how to love your husband and children, exhibit graciousness and patience, and continually put others above themselves.
I hope these are lessons I will not forget and that God will continue to remind me of my time here and what I have learned.
I want to encourage other wives who are still in seminary to thoroughly enjoy this unique opportunity you have to be a seminary wife. Encourage your husband, let him know that you are happy to be in this journey with him. He needs your full support! Don't wish the time away, but embrace what God has to teach you during this time.
That being said...I am THRILLED to be a post-seminary wife!! Praise God for his graciousness to us during these four years.